The purpose of this event is to celebrate the work of the relentlessly hardworking 2slgbtq+ BIPOC filmmakers of our communities. All of these films were created by queer/trans BIPOC directors.
Outdated(오래된) is a time-based media installation that uses digital animation, computer models and projection mapping to investigate the difficulties of communication between immigrant parents and their children by comparing them to computer hardware. This piece is myattempt to use technology to decrypt my family dynamic and identity.
Enna Kim (she/her) – Website + Instagram
Enna Kim is an experimental artist studying Digital Futures at OCAD University. Kim uses her architectural influences to identify the interaction between human relationships, language and computer hardware. Kim has worked with VICE, Forrec Ltd, StreetARToronto (StART), and the STEPS Initiative revitalizing public spaces through mural work. Enna is a PATCH Artist showcasing her work at events like BIG on Bloor Street Festival, Toronto Korean Film Festival, InterAccess, The Augmented Cinema Film Festival and Burning Man.
This film was projected as an installation before the screening began.
De-Gaga is a proof-of-concept for a sitcom that follows the lives of four queer friends of colour as they navigate life, love, sex, career and what it means to be an adult in a world that is in flux. De-Gaga as a piece of work sheds a light on a generation and collective that has been underrepresented. Ultimately De-Gaga is a conversation piece that is bold, brash and unapologetic.
Thoko Masikini (he/him) – Instagram
I hate doing my own bios, for the sheer fact that being someone who is only interested with the future, my past and the path that I’ve walked becomes so mundane. And so let me tell you about the future I hope to manifest into present. I see a future that is inclusive; a future that gives a voice to people that never had a chance to speak; a future that challenges the status quo. In essence I live in the present moment, calling upon visions of the future to inspire me to learn, to connect and more importantly to create.
A young Ojibwe combats isolation while healing on her own terms.
Evelyn Pakinewatik (he/him/they/them) – Instagram + Website + Facebook
From Nipissing First Nation, Evelyn Pakinewatik is an emerging artist, writer, educator, and director of Irish and Ojibwe ancestry. Evelyn co-administrates the Chinimiwin Arts Collective, teaching traditional textile arts and contemporary visual culture in community alongside their parents since childhood. Evelyn began pursuing film as a way to combat memory loss, a long-term effect of chronic illness. Their first experimental short heartdream (2017) explored the connection of love and land, through the lens of their own fragmented memory. Their first documentary Emerge: Stone Braids (2018) chronicles the memories of cherished friends and loved ones during Toronto’s inaugural Indigenous Fashion Week. Finally, Evelyn’s first narrative short, WAASEYAA (2018), examines concepts of unconditional love, shared memories, song, and healing on one’s own terms. Evelyn lives in Scarborough.
AJ is an emerging screenwriter and director. Over the last five years they have written and directed narrative short films and worked as an editor and documentary filmmaker. They have worked on independent films, in television production companies, with universities, community organizations and non-profits. AJ is a queer brown immigrant and has often been drawn to exploring themes about survival, revival, healing, journeys, and home. They are an avid fiction reader and TV watcher. Their taste ranges from Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti Trilogy to Gossip Girl. They love dancing, food, fashion and dreaming about beaches.
“You Will Go Home…”
You Will Go Home… is a look at what it is like to say no for the last time. To accept that journey to heal. To end the toxic cycles and listen to that blood memory that leads us on that good path. Our trans people are often kept hidden and forced into dangerous situations. This film is about walking away for the last time.
Rhonda Lucy (she/her) – Facebook + Instagram + Twitter
Rhonda Lucy is 2 spirit, Mohawk and the founder and artistic director of Sun Raven Arts, an indigenous arts-based education and production company, a former street kid to front line social worker all while training in the arts. She used the arts to learn and survive then in turn ran programs and projects to help give that skill base back in harm reduction efforts, community programs and production from an indigenous perspective. Living with a brain injury from violence she helps lead in the way of showing there is nothing you cannot do. Her aim is to bring light in that trickster way of helping people tell their stories, to reclaim voices and help the unseen be seen and rise.
“A KIKI WITH: Bobby Bowen”
A run-through of some key terms with stylist and creative director Bobby Bowen.
Ayo Tsalithaba (they/them) – Instagram
Ayo Tsalithaba is a visual artist originally from Ghana and Lesotho. Their primary mediums include digital art, film photography and digital filmmaking. Ayo started making films as a way of documenting their travels, until they discovered documentary filmmaking. They enjoy exploring issues of identity specifically societal expectations of race, gender and sexuality through their films. Ayo has been featured in Huffington Post Canada, The Kit, TFO, the University of Toronto magazine and Munch Magazine. They have screened their films and appeared on panels at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, University of Toronto, George Brown, the Revue Cinema, Xpace Cultural Centre, and more. Ayo is currently specializing in Women and Gender Studies and minoring in Linguistics at the University of Toronto. They hope to continue learning, taking risks, sparking conversations and above all else, advocating for positive social change. Ayo uses they/them/theirs pronouns.
“Homeland and Decolonialism”
Building on the work of Cherokee scholar Angela Haas and her article Wampum as Hypertext, this film posits that traditional Pilipinx tattoos are complex codes conveying de-colonial ancestral information.
Ashley Caranto Morford (she/her) – Twitter
Ashley Caranto Morford is an asexual Pilipina (Pangasinan/Cebuana) activist & scholar. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto, and is living as a settler in Wendat, Haudenosaunee, & Anishinaabe territories. Her academic work is in relationship with Indigenous studies, anti-colonial pedagogies and research methods, Pilipinx studies, & digital humanities. She is also part of the grassroots educational organization Ace Toronto.
A simple and naturalistic approach to a day in the life of an indigiqueer, male sex worker as he visits his clients. Positions is an unapologetic and realist exploration of sexual desire, the quest for financial stability, and the pursuit of agency over one’s own body.
Justin (he/him) – Instagram
Justin is a Métis dancer, writer, filmmaker and hustler. He is currently co-editing Hustling Verse with Amber Dawn to be released by Arsenal Pulp Press in the Fall of 2019. He is passionate about jigging, radicalizing Indigenous “Canadian” Cinema and writing bad poetry about people who broke is heart and the ones that paid to do so.
“Ubuntu, I Am Because We Are”
Ubuntu is a story of Love and Perseverance, Vulnerability and Realization. Xica’s Journey from rural Honduras to Canada’s largest city Toronto where she keeps reinventing as a way of survival. She finds herself looking for things in all the wrong places until she realizes her answers are within. I am Because We Are delievers a message of union and compassion, you are me, I am you in different experience.
Xica Dadiva (she/her/they/them) – Instagram + Facebook
Xica DaDiva is a multi-performance artist, Anti-Bully and Trans Activist. She is a member of the Actor’s Jam Group in Toronto. She studied at the National School of Ballet, the Toronto School of Burlesque, Brass Vixens, Rainbow Ballroom, Ilana Dance Group. She studies improv at Second City Training Centre Toronto and creative writing with Sister Writes Literate Magazine. She is a member of the 519 Trans Youth Mentorship and Arts Program where she inspires body positivity and self-acceptance. Xica was part in the 16X9 Trans Documentary The Fight For Trans Rights. Xica considers herself a work in progress and you are sure to see more of her in the coming years. She also would like to invite members of the LGBT Community to become more involved in the community as there is still so much more to do.
“Marvellous Grounds Short Film”
Marvellous Grounds worked with Min Sook Lee in early 2016 to create this film with the concept of performance and dance as a means of dialoguing with space, contesting/occupying, creating and creatively reinterpreting space. We invited Ill Nana/DiverseCity Dance Company to dance at public sites on Church Street as a key visual narrative. The film features voiceovers from interviews with Monica Forrester, Richard Fung, Aemilius Ramirez, and Rebeka Tabobondung, talking about early organizing in the 80s, street corner activism by trans sex workers, and the walkout from Crews and Tangos.
Marvellous Grounds: Queers of Colour Spaces in Toronto – Website + Facebook
Marvellous Grounds is a book and web-based project that seeks to document and create space to vision the ways that QTBIPOC (queer and trans Black, Indigenous and people of colour) create communities, innovate projects and foster connections within Toronto/ Three FiresTerritories and beyond. This collection brings together art, writing and research that engages with space making and is in the service of community building. Two anthologies are recently published: Queering Urban Justice: Queer of Colour Formations in Toronto, published by University of Toronto Press, and Marvellous Grounds: Queer of Colour Histories of Toronto, published by Between the Lines.
ILL NANA/DIVERSECITY DANCE COMPANY – Website + Facebook
ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company is a queer multiracial dance company that embrace differences as strengths and are committed to changing the landscape of dance and creating abundant access for all LGBTTI22S communities.
“Will You Listen? Rio’s Story”
Will You Listen?: Latinx Voices in Tkaronto is a collection of stories which explore how people of colour experience public spaces. Centering the lives of women and non binary latinx identified people, these short films contextualize urban stories and histories often buried in the mainstream white experience. While chronicling their brave journeys, these stories highlight personal power and self-healing in the face of feelings of insecurity, unacceptance and heteropatriarchal power struggles. Rio’s Story is one of 5 films of this series. Rio Rodriguez shares stories tied to “The Village”. It is a “window” into the labour and necessary resilience that we face, calling attention to the effects that external pressures have on Latinx bodies on stolen land, particularly those of indigenous, black, queer, and genderqueer people.
Samay Arcentales Cajas (she/her)
Samay Arcentales Cajas is a (Kichwa) digital media artist and filmmaker based in Toronto. Her works have been shown at ImagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, aluCINE Latin Film + Media Arts Festival, and Mayworks Festival of Working People, among others. Her last short film In Moment was commissioned by imagineNATIVE and premiered at their 2017 film festival. Samay has also facilitated film programs at Sketch Working Arts, including Fluidity on Film, a film program for LGBTQ2S youth. She held her first solo show at the Whippersnapper Gallery in 2017. Samay currently works as video designer, production designer, and editor for various indigenous artists and filmmakers across the country.
“Later, in the Life”
Two middle-aged butch lesbians of colour, once activists, come to a crossroads.
in their friendship when one of them starts dating.
Tamai Kobayashi (she/her)
“He Found Himself Within Her”
Growing up confused as to why I felt the way I did, led to a difficult lifestyle. I had to stop denying myself of what I desired to please others.
Adalyn Díaz (she/her) – Instagram
I’ve lived half my life in Mexico, the other half here in Canada. However, as the person I truly I am, much less than that. I made the decision to transition after finishing high school and haven’t looked back. The 2nd best decision I’ve ever made. First being that deep fried snickers bar I ate.
A distressed woman is urged by an encounter with a sleep paralysis demon to confront her deepest horror. Driven deep into her subconscious, she must choose to save herself or be eaten.
JL Whitecrow (she/her/they/them)
JL Whitecrow is an emerging Anishinaabeg filmmaker from Seine River First Nation, Treaty #3 and lives in Toronto. JL creates both fiction and non-fiction: her narrative work positions First Nations femme identities in surreal or fantastical worlds, while her non-fiction interests are on process and protocols in documentary filmmaking, ethics, epistemology, and the occult. Her short films have screened locally at the imagineNATIVE film festival, OCAD University, the Gardiner Museum, and the CaribbeanTales Festival.
Moon is a 13 year-old discovering what it means to take responsibility as a leader. Rihanna is a 7 year-old learning to love the skin she’s in. Freedom Summer follows them as they learn about themselves and others at Black Lives Matter Toronto’s Freedom School — a summer camp where Black kids learn that Black is beautiful.
Lu Asfaha – Instagram + Twitter
Lu Asfaha is a Toronto storyteller, filmmaker and activist. Her films often explore identity, black love, queerness and how things fall apart. Most recently, she wrote and directed the CBC short documentary Freedom Summer, the dark fantasy short Paladin, and edited the supernatural thriller Queen of Hearts which premiered at Inside Out 2018.